adjective \ˈkäg-nə-tiv\

: of, relating to, or involving conscious mental activities (such as thinking, understanding, learning, and remembering)

Full Definition of COGNITIVE

:  of, relating to, being, or involving conscious intellectual activity (as thinking, reasoning, or remembering) <cognitive impairment>
:  based on or capable of being reduced to empirical factual knowledge
cog·ni·tive·ly adverb

Examples of COGNITIVE

  1. Homo sapiens' survival is founded in their filling an evolutionary niche referred to as the cognitive niche. —Daniel Grassam, Skeptical Inquirer, July/August 2001


(see cognition)
First Known Use: 1586

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal


adjective \ˈkäg-nət-iv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of COGNITIVE

: of, relating to, or being conscious intellectual activity (as thinking, reasoning, remembering, imagining, or learning words) <the cognitive elements of perception—C. H. Hamburg>
cog·ni·tive·ly adverb


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